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Archives: June 2011

Twitter Hires 73 New People In A Month, Closes In On 600 Employees

In late May we reported on how Twitter was on the verge of hiring its 500th employee, which meant that in just two years the company had expanded significantly from its May 2009 roster of 69 members of staff.

As of today that total is up to 572. That’s right – Twitter has recruited 73 new people in just one month.

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Twitter Employees Use Lists… But Barely [INFOGRAPHIC]

Although I think lists are among the most (potentially) powerful feature of Twitter, it seems like its own employees aren’t too keen on them. A look at how Twitter’s employees use lists reveals some pretty interesting stats. For instance, just under half of their 500+ employees (44.09 percent) have never created their own Twitter list.
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Think You Can Pilot The Space Shuttle? 30 @NASA Followers Given Chance To Test Their Skills

NASA is very active on Twitter and uses the platform in a variety of ways to engage their audience and drive awareness of the space program.

Back in April they hooked up with Twitter directly to launch a new campaign on the network, and NASA regularly holds tweet-ups for its 1.2 million followers, several of which have included live attendance of an actual space shuttle launch.

Now, 30 lucky @NASA fans can grab another once-in-a-lifetime prize – a chance to pilot the space shuttle!

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Twitter Launches “Twitter For Newsrooms” For Media Professionals

Twitter has launched “Twitter For Newsrooms”, a service designed to provide media professionals the tools they need to navigate the news in 140-character form.
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Athletes At The London Olympics Could Be Banned For Misusing Twitter

With all of the sports personalities who have found themselves in hot water after a miscalculated tweet, it’s no surprise the International Olympics Committee has set out strict guidelines for the athletes competing in London in 2012, and their guidelines are strict: a poorly thought-out tweet could result in a total ban from the Games.
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Twitter Sees 34 Percent Growth In May Thanks To Super Injunctions

Thanks to the super injunction scandal that hit the UK throughout the month of May, Twitter saw a record number of UK users flock to the site for the juicy details.
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Do You Know Who Has Access To Your Twitter Account? Check Your Application Settings

When was the last time you checked your Twitter application settings? I bet it’s been a while. It’s not a bad idea to take a look at who you’ve given permission to, as these applications may be able to read, write and even access your direct messages.
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Two Kuwaiti Citizens To Stand Trial For Their Tweets

Two Kuwaiti men will be put on trial for negative tweets they made about ruling families in the region.
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Simon Pegg Hacked On Twitter, Sends Trojan Horse To Over One Million Fans

Twitter’s good for many things, but in particular the popularity of the micro-blogging network with celebrities has meant that it’s been particularly resourceful for hackers looking to exploit the accounts of the rich and famous to spread malicious scripts and unsavoury messages amongst their millions of fans.

Axl Rose, Britney Spears, Lil Wayne and Ashton Kutcher have all been the victims of a hacked Twitter profile in the past. And now, reports Graham Cluley at Sophos, the latest member of this club is British comedic actor Simon Pegg.

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Like Me, Follow Me, Fan Me: Is The Social ‘Ask’ Overused? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Asking people to follow you on Twitter, friend you on Facebook, or simply to like you or something that you have done, has become entirely commonplace within the world of social media.

PR firm Sevans Strategy and branding specialists Alterian teamed up to investigate further, tracking over 3.3 million different ‘asks’ across Flickr, Blogger, YouTube, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. End result? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most popular ‘ask’ was ‘follow me’, and 95.9 percent of all such requests were made on Twitter.

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